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Quick note on upgrading Fedora Core 12

Submitted by Falken on Sat, 01/08/2011 - 20:38
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I notice other people as well as me are getting an error when doing a 'yum' based upgrade (with distro-sync) from Fedora 12 (to 13 or 14).
The error is along the lines of "/lib64/libdb-4.7.so from install of compat-db4 conflicts with file from package db4-4.7.25-13.fc12".

For me, the fix was to upgrade just rpm and yum, then the rest. I couldn't upgrade rpm and yum without removing kudzu, but apperently the kernel does Kudzu's job now anyway.

Merging two different Amarok 2 collections

Submitted by Falken on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 17:57
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I don't think it's that uncommon to have two different installs of the excellent media player Amarok (for instance one at work and one at home) which share a media collection (over Dropbox or manually with rsync, for instance).
The problem is there is no way to synchronise the scores and ratings between these two computers, so I've had to build one.
I figured it might be useful, so here are the details of the steps to take, and a small Perl utility need to help out.

Flash Camp Manchester 2010

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 15:27

The latest Flash Camp event was held in Manchester last week, and was a day-long series of talks designed to inspire Flash and RIA developers - a 'taster' as we were told during the brief warm up.
Right off the bat everyone who went got a bunch of awesome freebies, from Thermos mugs to Adobe Rubik cubes, full copies of the FDT ActionScript IDE and a free film from the blinkbox streaming site; fairly awesome for a free event.

Flash Camp Manchester 2010, part 2

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 11:03
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DEVELOPING WITH YOUR INNER DESIGNER
Mike Jones (Adobe Systems)

This was kinda the rest of the Adobe Catalyst demo from the key note. I cant see much else that makes going from a mock up to a real app this easy. Using tools like Balsamiq and Napkee is close, but they can't work on an actual comp from Illustrator or Photoshop.

Installing Adobe AIR on OpenSuSE using official repository

Submitted by Falken on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 14:08
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All modern Linux distributions have a concept of keeping themselves up to date with an online system of 'repositories' of applications that anyone can run.
Adobe have handily set one up for their AIR runtime, and provide instructions for RPM based systems that use 'yum' (like Fedora and RedHat) and DEB based systems that use 'apt' (like Ubuntu and Debian).
Although OpenSuSE can use yum, by default it has it's own 'zypper' system, but it can use the RPM repository anyway.

Scotch on the Rocks 2010, Day 1 part 2

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 18:45
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A whistlestop tour of HTML5 and CSS3

Chris Mills (Opera)
I should have bumped into the speaker before now really, as he's from Manchester, but we'd never managed it :-)
Anyway, Chris started with a bit of history, namely that  HTML4 is not dead. It can't do some things like video, which is why Flash got started in the first place. One great quote was 'bullshit will HTML5 kill Flash'.

Towards a better Novell proxy login experience on Linux

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 11:43
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For a long time I've been using the excellent cl4others utility to keep my Linux desktop machine logged into the corporate Novell firewall, so that programs don't get their expected updates (etc.) turned into a HTML password request page.
The offical Novell client packages are still a nightmare to install and configure, and don't actually authenticate me for some reason anyway.

Upgrading OpenSUSE 10.3 to 11.1

Submitted by Falken on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 10:39
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In summary: very smooth, much better than 10.1 to 10.3 because I didn't try to do it on line, but with an upgrade DVD.
Minor problems with the graphics card driver and monitor but they were easy to fix.

Some niggles with things like DNS but again, it was just a case of redoing tweaks from 10.3 that had been undone by the upgrade.